Your upcoming film The Other Side of the Door - in a few
words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in
It's about a woman's redemption. Beth was raped at a
young age, spent some time in prison and now is trying to face her demons and
get her life back. My character takes a
deep journey from where she came, from to gaining the strength to make her life
better for her and her daughter by beating the odds.
Beth in The Other Side of the Door seems
to be a rather difficult character to get just right - so how do you
prepare for a role like this, what do you draw upon to bring her to life?
now I'm drawing from my own life experiences so it comes a bit natural to
me. Though I am so far from removed from how I was treated as a child
(verbal and physical abuse), I can dissever between the two. My goal as an
actress is to bring the truth to the character so I concentrate on that.
The Other Side of the Door, Beth has to suffer through a few
quite, ummm, uncomfortable and uncomforting situations. So how do you deal
with these as an actress, how do you get into (and out of) the right frame
of mind to convincingly portray them (and unwind afterwards)?
I'm not sure, I just go into production really understanding my character
and the rest follows. I just take myself out of the equation and allow
myself to just be.
drew you to the project in the first place, and generally, what are some
of the criteria you choose your roles by?
As an actress I'm always looking for new roles to challenge me. I
discovered a few years back that I am a character actress so I bring into
the role what fits best. In this role I play a mother of a 15 year old and
I'm a chronic smoker. I had to get over the fact that it was ok to gain
some weight because I had a baby and to not whiten my teeth due to the
smoking. It was hard at first to come to the terms of Beth because she is
so insecure and I'm a strong woman. But I could relate so I brought that
in as well.
What can you
tell us about your collaboration with screenwriter/director Ira Farmer [Ira
Farmer interview - click here]?
is an ideal director. We collobrated in the beginning and continue to do
so on set. He lets me bring in challanges to keep the film real. What I
love about him is that he is editing the film in his head as we film and
that is a unique quality. By doing this he saves time on several takes
because he knows what he wants and gets it.
you talk about the shoot as such and the on-set atmosphere for a bit?
production team is very professional. We have that family feel and we all
want to make a great movie. I would work with all of them in a heartbeat.
idea when and where the film might be released yet?
film making (especially independent) it usually takes a year after
completion so I would say some time in 2014.
future projects beyond The Other Side of the Door?
attached as the lead actor in a indie/drama/thriller called Sin Verite to
start production in 2014. Basically it's Fight Club meets The Game with a
nice twist. The writer wrote this feature with me in mind and it is a very
tight, unique script that brings on another challenge as an actor.
Currently I am also producing and acting in Eyes Upon Waking. This is a
passion story because it not only is about me but about others that suffer
from the disease of depression and suicide.
being an actress, you're also a producer - so how do you choose your
projects when it comes to producing, and what are projects you really like
to produce? And feel free to talk about some of the movies you have
I joke but am being serious when
I say I want to be the next Harvey Weinstein. I look for projects that
are unique and challenging but stay true to stories people can relate to
or are fascinated with. Ideally I would love to
produce the Janis Joplin-story and I just read a novel A Hobo
Odyssey written by Larry O. Nichols that I would like to adapt
into a feature film. I'm also producing a feature called 3rd & Goal
about the first female football player to make it in the NFL and a love story called Je T'aime, Au Revoir
directed by Bennie Woodell [Bennie
Woodell interview - click here].
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
Anything else you are dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
that I am thankful that film makers believe in me and continue to attach
me to their projects. I would hope this is because I always bring in my
"A" game and can bring in thruth to the role and their vision.
Thanks for the interview!